Archive for October, 2011
In a moment as historic as Alexander Bell’s call to his assistant, an iPhone hacker wrote on Twitter that he had successfully ported Siri to the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch. He wrote “Actually, it just worked,” informing the world that he had completely ported Siri to the iPhone 4 and that more versions are on the way.
The hack requires a jailbroken device. By copying the app onto the device, the iPhone 4 can call up Siri and, more important, connect to the Siri servers. You can follow these instructions to install the app yourself and it seems to currently also work with the iPod Touch 4G although those instructions are forthcoming.
Mark Gurman at 9to5mac interviewed Steven Troughton-Smith, another iPod Touch/iPhone 4 hacker, answering a few questions about the feat:
Mark: Do you ever see Siri showing up in Cydia (or another jailbreak store) for non natively supported devices?
Steven: No, I could not be a part of that. I have no doubts that others will package this up and distribute it quasi-illegally, or try and sell it to people. I am only interested in the technology and making it work; proving that it works and works well on the iPhone 4 and other devices
Mark: So, you also got Siri working on the fourth-generation iPod touch, how is that working out?
Steven: We got chpwn’s iPod touch up and running with Siri after proving it works on my iPhone 4. Unfortunately the microphone on the iPod is nowhere near as good as the iPhone – you will notice that the Siri level meter hardly moves when you talk to it. While it does work, you have to speak loudly and clearly to the iPod.
Samsung has already demoed its flexible OLED displays as seen up top, but now they’re promising them in phone form, possibly in the “earlier part” of 2012. Does anyone want this?
Samsung phones like the impending Galaxy Nexus already have a curved glass screen—but a truly flexible display might make the process easier. Or perhaps a clamshell phone with a display on top and bottom? Other than that, I’m scratching my head as to why this make sense on a handset.
Why would you want to bend your phone’s screen? What would you gain from it? What does Samsung gain from it, beyond novelty? PC World says the tech will follow on tablets, which is maybe a plus for compactness, but otherwise, this seems more novelty than breakthrough. Screens shouldn’t bend for the sake of being bent.
New figures from Facebook reveal how often the social networking site’s users are hacked. In the blog post announcing the forthcoming “Trusted Friends” feature, Facebook also an included infographic detailing Facebook’s security measures. One figure in particular jumped out at security researchers: every day, “only .06%” of Facebook’s 1 billion logins are compromised. Or, to put it another way, 600,000 logins per day are compromised.
This tidbit was first noticed by Graham Cluley of Sophos, who, apparently didn’t ignore the infographic like the rest of us. (Marketers have ruined infographics for us – we’re too often infographic-blind these days).
Crunching the numbers, Cluley noted that 600,000 compromised logins per day means one compromised login every 140 milliseconds.
Facebook revealed the figure in a section explaining how it keeps spam at bay, as the majority of the time, Facebook accounts are hacked by spammer who send out messages to the victim’s friends. (Who hasn’t seen this? “Help, I’m in London and had my wallet stolen!”)
There were some other interesting numbers shared by Facebook, too, including:
- Less than 4% of the content shared on Facebook is spam (vs. 89.1% of email is spam)
- Less than 5% of Facebook users experience spam on any given day
- 50% of Facebook’s 750+ million users login to Facebook every day (wait, aren’t we up to 800 million now? Must be an old infographic).
- The average user has 130 friends
- People spend over 700 billion minutes on the site per month
Update: We were curious about what Facebook really meant by “compromised” accounts, so we were glad to hear back from the Facebook PR team this afternoon with a clarification. First of all, Facebook wants it known that these accounts weren’t hacked or compromised on Facebook itself, they are compromised off site, such as through phishing scams, for example. (I think we all pretty much knew that, but there you go.)
And for the record, here’s how Facebook is defining “compromised”:
Compromised in this sense refers to logins where we are not absolutely confident that the account’s true owner is accessing the account and we either preemptively or retroactively block access.
Sony-only phones are coming back as predicted. The Japanese electronics giant has announced that it will acquire Ericsson’s share of Sony Ericsson partnership, bringing it into the Sony ‘platform of network-connected’ products.
Sony will be throwing Ericsson around $1.45 billion for their half of the company, as well as ownership of a bunch of patents and a broad IP cross-licensing agreement. We should see Sony forging ahead with its network services, including its most recent Entertainment Network. Let’s just hope that the inevitable integration of the PlayStation Network won’t mean hackers are let into your phone next time it gets hacked.
The Lumia and Asha range of handsets may have been the focus of the Nokia World event but that’s not all that Nokia had to show.
One of the more interesting things on display was a Nokia phone with a flexible OLED display called the ‘Nokia kinetic device’. The device comes with a large flexible OLED display that you can bend from the middle or from around the edges.
But being able to bend is not its only feature. It actually uses that ability to control the UI on the device. You can, for example, zoom in and out by bending it from the middle. You can scroll through a list by bending it from around the edges. You can see a demonstration of this in the video below.
The advantage of this method is that it can be used without looking at the display and also when you’re using gloves, something that capacitive touchscreens cannot do. The downside is that you have to use both hands and it’s not terribly convenient, with far too much effort being required to flex the device compared to simply tapping on the screen.
Google rolled out stable Chrome 15 with some minor cosmetic changes including Chrome web store layout redesign and clean new tab page, which was before get opened blank but now it shows thumbnail grid of most visited websites by the user.
Chrome 15 is available for Windows, Mac and Linux, which could be grabbed through link below.
Download Chrome 15
Windows XP was 10 years old yesterday.
Windows XP was released to retailers on October 25, 2001.
Windows XP (which stands for experience) was codenamed Whistler and took about 18 months of development.
Windows XP was released after Windows 2000 and Windows ME and ushered in a new more colorful GUI.
Windows XP is expected to be retired on April 8, 2014.
Windows XP’s reliability has been something of a double edged sword for Microsoft as it has made it more difficult to persuade customers to upgrade.
FINALLY, Windows 7 now accounts for 40.21% of all global desktop operating system usage across the world with Windows XP usage slipped to 38.64% in October.
With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft will finally have put Windows XP to death as it becomes absolutely absurd for corporations which haven’t upgraded to be so far behind in terms of Operating Systems.